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McQUEEN, Hugh Alexander

Born: 1886
Died: 1939 07 09

Architect


Year registered: 1927

McQueen was probably born in South Africa: he was articled to PARKER & FORSYTH in Cape Town, completing his articles in about 1905 and continuing to work in these offices as a draughtsman. During his articles, he won two student competitions, one for "Stabling for Gentleman's Residence" (SAA&B Jul 1905:193) and the other for his design for a 'Public Library suitable for a small town' (SAA&B Sep 1905:234). McQueen spent the years 1906 to 1910 in London, working in the offices of Mervyn McCartney, then Surveyor to St Paul's Cathedral and a draughtsman of some account. He returned to South Africa in 1910 and 'interested himself in Town Planning and the beautification of the city of Cape Town, in collaboration with Mr HLG PILKINGTON' (Johnson 1987:381). In 1913 he read a paper on "Architectural Garden Design" to a meeting of the Cape Institute of Architects and later in the same year African Architect published two letters by him criticising the Baker Scholarship. He enlisted during the First World War and served in France, and worked on the restoration of St Paul's and Durham Cathedrals in Britain. He returned to South Africa in 1919 where he apparently worked on his own account. In 1921 he won the first premium for the Durban War Memorial competition in association with P EAGLE and HLG PILKINGTON. From about 1923 to 1925 he and PILKINGTON were associates, probably in relation to this War Memorial (cf PILKINGTON & McQUEEN). In 1926 he was placed third in the Cape Town Reserve Bank competition and won the competition for alterations and additions to the Club house of the Western Province Sports Club, Newlands and, in 1934, the competition for Electricity House in Cape Town. He was awarded the CPI Bronze Medal for his design of Loreto Convent in Sea Point in 1934 'scholarly in detail without being copybookish or affected' (AB&E Sep 1933:8). He married Janet Louisa Abbott in Cape Town; they had five children. McQueen died aged 53 in Cape Town, his address latterly being at Aberfoyle, Tiverton Road in Plumstead, Cape Town.

Publications: Dwgs illustrating "A practical exemplar of architecture" Arch Rev vol xxiii (1908):116,350; "Architectural Garden Design": Afr Archt Sep 1913:254; "The Baker Scholarship" Afr Archt Nov 1913:274, 281; "The Baker Scholarship" Afr Archt Dec 1913: xiii.

Awards: Cape Provincial Institute Bronze Medal for Loreto Convent, Sea Point, 1934

(AB&E Sep 1926:9,14; Building Dec 1921: illustrations after p 531; ISAA mem list; Master of Supreme Court, Deceased Estates (CT) 64955; SAA&B Jul 1905:193; SAAR Jan 1926:59-63; SAAR Feb 1934:64, 65; SAAR Mar 1935:68; SAWW 1921/22; SAWW 1931-2 port ; SAWW 1940 obit list)

Submitted and entry for the Competition for the new Prime Minister's Residence - unplaced.

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing McQUEEN

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pp 102

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp M14

Johnson, Brian Andrew. 1987. Domestic architecture at the Cape, 1892-1912 : Herbert Baker, his associates and his contemporaries. Cape Town: Unpublished Thesis UNISA. pp 381